As you know, Apollo has some marking issues that have made life rather, well, pungent. That is not a good thing.
On the bright side, by following veterinary behaviorist Dr. Yin’s advice to create a beautiful, austere, absolutely delightful potty palace for the cat I have been able to reduce a large amount of that behavior.
So now that we’re in a good place, I think you can understand why I was nervous to mix things up and try a new litter box, but in the name of technological advancement, we all must soldier on.
I’ve used the LitterMaid back when it first came out, but it was kind of a pain, messy and sticky and clumpy. The makers of the ScoopFree litter box sent me an Original Scoop Free box to test out, and lo and behold, automatic litter box technology has come a long way. And that is a good thing.
The major feature that sets this box apart is that it comes with a pre-filled disposable litter tray. So you lift the box, pop the litter cartridge under it, and in a few weeks’ time (up to a month for single cat usage, but less if you have more than one cat) you just pull the tray out, pop the cover on, and stick the whole tray in the trash.
Which is much easier than my standard setup, which involves me, a scoop, a repurposed diaper pail and no small amount of nose wrinkling.
Apollo is fine with it so far, which is good news for us. He’s happy because his box remains pristine, and I’m happy because someone else is doing most of the work. After a week of regular usage, the box is still nice and clean and odor-free.
- No scooping required. There was an occasional little bit stuck to the rake, but it was very minimal.
- Quiet. Apollo was happy to sit in the garage and observe the rake do its thing.
- Convenient. I will scoop the litter daily since that is what it takes to keep the cat happy, but it’s very nice to have my robotic litter handmaid do it for me.
- Comes in unscented version as well as the original scented version.
- Must use the crystal litter the box comes with. If you have a cat who refuses to use this kind of litter, it may take some time getting used to or just not work altogether.
- Obtaining the trays- if they aren’t available at your pet store, you may have to buy them online. At $15 for a tray, the cost is pretty comparable to a bag of litter.
We’ve had such success with the current litter regime (using Cat Attract litter, which I have never officially reviewed but has worked like a charm) that I’m a little leery of committing permanently to something new at the expense of our hard-won peace. But if I didn’t have that concern, I would be more than happy to let scientific advancements make life a little easier for me.
Anyone else have a strong opinion of the automated versus scoop it yourself box?